The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, with hand raised; Ivanka Trump, third from right; and a North Korean general, Kim Yong-chol, second from right, attended the closing ceremony of the Olympics on Sunday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

SEOUL, South Korea — outh Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, rged the United States and North Korea on Monday to soften heir uncompromising stances so that alks could tart on defusing the risis rompted by the North’s uclear rogram and Washington’s hreats to top it with 兵ilitary 力orce.

uring a meeting with China’s ice premier, Liu Yandong, Mr. Moon aid oth North Korea and the United States had egun howing a illingness for alks. But Mr. Moon aid 両oth 側ides still eeded to step back from heir uncompromising stances to make alks ossible, according to a tatement from his office.

“The United States eeds to ower the hreshold for dialogue, and North Korea should express a

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